Bundled, Buried And Behind Closed Doors
During our seminar we watch a short video which answered many people’s question of where does the millions of internet and networking data stored and how does this data pass from one place to another.
Well the answer was that their are many building around the world which carries this data through million of wires within this building; “the internet is a network of networks” (Vimeo 2011) which contain autonomous units that reach by linking into one another which as a result allows all these building containing data to function in a similar pattern whilst also providing space for networking interconnection to occur. Furthermore this helped me recognise how the internet data allows communication around the world geographically, for example world cities such as new york which hold a dense population and is one of the leading cities when it comes to international finance, connect through pre-existing trades and communication networks which proves how social power and change is being affected by technology, world cities rely on the internet to communicate with one another in order to stand politically, economically and culturally powerful amongst other cities and the world. Whilst important businesses and empires have relied on the network as it is cost effective and it allows them to use the social network marketing which gives them the opportunity to get instant feedback from their target market and snapping upset various traders instantly.
The network culture and technology becomes powerful when it interacts with something that is not digital, being us which explains how it has dominated todays society tremendously.
Reality Hovers High
I and my partner decided to base our photography project on a school year book which challenges the everyday by defying the typical representation of school photographs. In order to establish this we decided to follow the typical presentation of an american high school yearbook where every student is given a label as a result of how fellow students and teachers identify them by; for example the most silliest student in the year will consequently be named as the class joker however by defying this through photography we will take two sets of photographs where one portrays the class joker as a normal student smiling at the camera like a typical school portrait and then the other set depicting the class jokern in a extreme horrific manner almost assembling the joker from the batman movie, the dark knight rises.
The everyday vs reality:
To challenge the everyday we will focus on representing how our perception of one another and labelling can conceal reality whereby a person may not live up to their given identity but become the opposite of it. Furthermore we will incorporate our work with the influences of the typography and stylizing photography techniques, which as a result when combined together, centres on cinematic lighting and reworking the photographs through, in our case photoshop. We also did some research on american commercial photographer, Dave Lachapelle as we want our photographs to look extreme and quite unsettling at the same time in order to portray the student’s extreme transformation from the everyday to ‘reality’. Moreover our website has to intertwine with our photos therefore the title of our website/ school will be called ‘Reality Hovers High’. We plan to not give much away on our homepage as we want to surprise people once they click on each student’s photograph as our website has a slight dark and mysterious feel to it thus predominantly why our webpage will consist of minimum overdetailed designs. Moreover, to add to the ambient feel of the webpage we will be adding a sinister track in the background to emphasize the mysterious feel to the website
In our third week lecture we discussed how photography shapes memories as well as studying how Marita Sturken depicts various examples in his text. She begins off by explaining how our memories are personified by objects, one of being images. From what I learnt in this week is that photographs are what help us keep our memories close to us from our childhood, memorable events in the past and people who have died. However photographs can also aid those who have no recognition of the past but whether or not memories are forgotten photographs are what keep these memories alive as they are a perminent figure of events that have occurred in the past .
Nevertheless our memories tend to change as we get older as Freud explains (p22-23) and can play up to our desires and fantasies often playing up to how we wanted that certain event to end as photographs have no dont reveal nothing but the happening of the event. Freud continues on by explaining that they way in which us as a nation view and memories many historical events are shaped by photographs used in the news, documentaries and the internet, for instance when we think about the 9/11 we associate it with people jumping to their deaths from the twin towers. This forces the nation to share a cultural memory yet they also create a ‘cultural reenactment’ in order to ‘create narratives of closure and promote a process of healing’(p24)
Through my own analysis i also believe that photography has helped depict the change that our nation has gone through for example before this moment in time civil rights Martin Luther King and black african americans were fighting for equality and integration among the two races black and white, but now things have changed undoubtedly leading us to also having a mixed raced president in the united states and all these changes have been portrayed through a collection of photographs from the past and present.
To conclude this weeks blog I’ve decided that my project will consist of one reenactment from a famous historical event for the reason being that it allows you to experiment with the way the past and present, similar to JFK’s assassination, whether it being an exact replica of the event or perhaps a parody.
I and my partner decided to base our photography project on a school yearbook portrait which defies the typical representation of each student on the portrait. We wanted to challenge the idea that every student has a title which they have gained throughout their years as a student by their persona depicted towards others surrounding at school; for example the person in the class who is identified as the joker or silliest by others will be labelled as the class clown however we wanted to exaggerate these personas through our photography with the influence of two photography techniques which were the stylizing and parody techniques.
With this in mind, we took various photographs of each student; one set presenting a perfect looking student who looks both smart but shows an era of their labelled identity through perhaps their clothing or smile. Then the other set of photographs depict an exaggerated portrayal of their identity, almost creepy looking in order to point across the idea that people in the everyday do not always succum to what they are labelled and seen by others particularly in the educational environment where it is believed that people establish their identity in the early stages of their life at school which consequently makes them who they are today. Whilst this may be the case for a lot of people, there is also a percentage of people who do not follow on with this identity which happens everyday in our mundane lives, thus why we chose to present this idea through our photography project.
We established these images through cinematic lighting, grotesque looking makeup and photoshop where we reworked and retouched the images in order to demonstrate the exaggerated look we wanted to go for. Furthermore our format for our webpage would have the images of every student looking like a normal student on a page of a school yearbook, however when you click on each image it will lead to to a page where it contains both the normal image and the overdramatized photograph with a short description of who the student it and what they are labelled as.